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Start Your Small Business at the Library!

Business & Economics Department, Central Library,
Group of ethnic twenty somethings with a grand opening sign

Have you been toying with the idea of starting your own business? Have you been unsure where to start or what kind of business would be right for you? Do you already have a business and are looking for new ways to reach your customers or simplify your procedures? Explore your options and get started with your new business during National Small Business Week, May 5 - May 11, 2019.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) established National Small Business Week in 1963 as an annual event to honor America’s top entrepreneurs. This year there is an online conference you can attend for free to learn about online marketing and advertising, cash flow, SBA funding programs, how to do business with the federal government, and disaster recovery. If you can’t make the online conference, don’t worry: the Los Angeles Public Library has resources and programming available year-round that can help answer all of these questions.

Small Business Events

Central Library - Meeting Room A

(for more information about these events, please call the Business & Economics Department at 213-228-7100)

Free Business Counseling

  • Central Library offers free business counseling through its relationship with the PACE Business Development Center on the second and fourth Tuesdays of most months. Business counseling can include assistance with permits, business license forms, SBA loans applications, and more. Appointments are held in Central Library in the Business & Economics Department located on Lower Level 1. To confirm that a business counselor will be available and to make an appointment with a business counselor, please call PACE at 213-989-3251 or email smeng@pacela.org.

Books to Get You Started

SYOB/start Your Own Business

The Smart Guide to Starting Your Own Business
Thomsen, Barry

The 50-60 Something Start-up Entrepreneur: How to Quickly Start and Run a Successful Small Business
Wigglesworth, Pamela

HBR Guide to Buying a Small Business
Ruback, Richard S.

The 10% Entrepreneur: Live Your Startup Dream Without Quitting Your Day Job
McGinnis, Patrick J.

Employee to Entrepreneur: How to Earn Your Freedom and Do Work That Matters
Glaveski, Steve

Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too
Vaynerchuk, Gary

Launch Your Dream: A 30-Day Plan for Turning Your Passion Into Your Profession
Partridge, Dale

Dear Founder: Letters of Advice for Anyone Who Leads, Manages, or Wants to Start a Business
Webb, Maynard

Get Backed: Craft Your Story, Build the Perfect Pitch Deck, Launch the Venture of Your Dreams
Baehr, Evan